• How 'King Lear' Inspired 'Empire'

    From its very beginning, the Fox TV series Empire has fashioned itself on the plot of King Lear. And that's not the only Shakespeare connection to the program, as Ilene Chaiken, showrunner and executive producer for Empire, explains in this Shakespeare Unlimited episode.

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  • David Reeve

    Announcing 2017/2018 Scholarly Programs

    Upcoming Folger Institute programs explore early modern marriage, London’s Bills of Mortality, Sir Francis Bacon, ethics and entertainment in Shakespeare, perceptions of the Thirty Years’ War, and more.

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  • Why We Value the NEH

    The Folger has joined other independent research libraries in signing a letter in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which provided a major grant for the First Folio tour in 2016.

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  • 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

    This 12th-century Irish book of Gospels is one of 50 treasures from the Corpus Christi College Library, on view through Apr 30.

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  • Teresa Wood

    Celebrating 25 Years of Folger Theatre

    One of the featured guests at this year’s Folger Gala on Apr 3 is Ian Merrill Peakes, last seen on the Folger stage in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He stars in the upcoming Timon of Athens.

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The Game's the Thing

Explore beautifully illustrated card games and board games in the Folger collection that use Shakespeare quotes and references to his plays.

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Last Will and Testament

William Shakespeare’s last will and testament, dated March 25, 1616, provides one of the richest surviving documents for understanding his familial and professional networks.

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Challenge Thyself

Can you identify Shakespeare play by lines that come near their endings?

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One of the most frequently produced Shakespearean dramas in America, Othello inspired a history reflective of societal struggles to assert citizens’ rights in the face of racism and legalized slavery.
  • Starry Messenger, March 31 - April 2

    Folger Consort celebrates the age of revelations with music of the spheres, featuring renowned soprano Julianne Baird.

  • Concert Performance: Galileo's Torch

    Scenes from James Reston, Jr.'s play are paired with music from Folger Consort's Starry Messenger: Musical Revelations from Galileo's Florence. Featuring Edward Gero as Galileo. Thu, Mar 30, at 7pm

  • Timon of Athens onstage May 9

    Materialism, money, and the bonds of friendship are explored in Shakespeare's tragic satire about a generous aristocrat who loses his riches—and his friends. Directed by Robert Richmond and featuring Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role.

  • The Displaced: Fri, April 7 at 7:30pm

    Authors Laila Lalami, Luis Urrea, and Shobha Rao will read from their work and discuss what it means to be "a citizen" in our volatile world as part of our PEN/Faulkner Fiction Series.

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